Guitar Reviews by Christopher Sung

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  1. Music Maker Relief Foundation ·
    The MMRF helps poor blues musicians secure performance opportunities, and provides legal advocacy, and printed t-shirts for artists to sell at shows. It also puts a priority on helping its indigent and elderly beneficiaries with more basic needs...(more)
    Musicians: Societies/Foundations · Posted: 8/1/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  2. Virtuoso by Joe Pass ·
    Yes, I'll second Jeremy's description. This is essential listening for anyone who's interested in playing multiple parts at the same time. Joe's a walking dictionary of comping textures, but at the same time, he plays incredible single-note li...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 9/27/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  3. Thick by Tribal Tech ·
    If you've never checked out Scott Henderson or Tribal Tech, this would a good place to start. Over the past few albums ("Face First" and "Reality Check") they've really established a unique niche for themselves as the funkiest fusion players ar...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 9/28/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  4. Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny ·
    Pat's playing on this is a bit raw. I believe it was his first solo outing, but any album with Jaco on it deserves at least 4 stars. <br/><br/> I remember Pat once talking about what it was like to play with Jaco. He basically said Jaco was su...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 10/1/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  5. The Blues Forum ·
    The site is still in its infancy, but the activity on the discussion boards is growing. There's a lot of artist links to bios, and even touring schedules. Brian's also dedicated a special section to unsigned artists, though it's still under co...(more)
    Other: News Groups/Forums · Posted: 11/3/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  6. Charlie Parker Omnibook ·
    I'm giving it 5 stars just because there are <b>very</b> few Charlie Parker transcription books out there, and these are pretty accurate. <br/><br/> If you're looking for different ways to improve your jazz playing, then I'd definitely get this ...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 11/5/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  7. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin ·
    This album was recorded in less than a day, and you can tell that this was an instance where 4 guys were able to sync completely to create some great music.<br/><br/> The production values are a little more raw compared to later Zep albums, and ...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 11/17/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  8. Deluxe Revised by Eric Clapton ·
    This was one of the books that helped me to become a decent rock/blues player a year or two after I started playing. I'd give it a 5 except that it has no tablature (standard notation only) and perhaps might pale in comparison to the "note-for-...(more)
    Books/Tab: Blues · Posted: 11/30/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  9. Core by Stone Temple Pilots ·
    This is STP's first major label record and full of riffs aplenty. The grooves are tight, the tunes are solid, but as a whole, I find this album not nearly as memorable as their second record, Purple. However, when they do connect (like the rad...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 12/11/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  10. Six String Santa by Joe Pass ·
    This album has 3 types of settings: solo guitar, two-track guitar, and a quartet setting with Joe, a 2nd guitar, bass, and drums. For those who'd like to get a taste of what Joe Pass is all about, and get some great music for the holidays, then...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 12/18/1999 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  11. Dunlop Jazz III Pick ·
    These are the only picks I use, but I tend to play jazz stuff. If you're more into the strumming acoustic thing, then I'd recommend a softer, bigger pick. However, for single note stuff, they have no equal.
    Equipment: Parts/Accessories · Posted: 1/9/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  12. Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline ·
    I highly recommend this to pop, funk, and country players looking for a warm twangy tone. As you might expect, the F-hole makes the tone a bit mellower than a standard Tele. I ended up modded the electronics to give in and out-of-phase signals...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 1/27/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  13. Original Musiquarium I by Stevie Wonder ·
    If you're not familiar with the depth of Stevie songwriting and performance abilities, this disc is a <b>must have</b>. From the eternally funky "Living For the City" and "You Haven't Done Nothin'" to the smooth "Boogie On Reggae Woman", to the...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 3/22/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  14. How To Improvise by Hal Crook ·
    This book is an in-depth exploration of a variety of concepts that make up jazz improvisation. Hal jumps right right in with tons 'o examples about the elements that help you create your own great jazz lines. This book is not geared toward gui...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 4/22/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  15. Gibson Les Paul Standard ·
    I bought this guitar at a time where I was graduating to a top-of-the-line guitar from a copy guitar. I spent some time with different Les Paul (like Studios and Juniors), but this was the one. It also helped that Sam Ash was overstocked at th...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 6/2/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  16. Discipline by King Crimson ·
    Some people may laugh at me for saying this, but I've always thought that one of the precursors to the Red Hot Chili Peppers was King Crimson - especially this lineup with Adrian Belew. If you listen to the texture of the music in a tune like "...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/24/2000 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  17. John Williams | Guitarist's Music Site ·
    There's also sound samples pertaining to the transcriptions here: Everything you need to get your JW classical chops going...
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 7/24/2012 by Christopher Sung (9641)
  18. Reggae Guitar ·
    3 video lessons on Gabe's associated Youtube channel so far, and they're all stellar:
    Musicians: Musician Websites · Posted: 7/24/2012 by Christopher Sung (9641)